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Legends and Liars

(The Duelists Trilogy #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Legends and Liars is the second book in the Duelist's trilogy -- a fast-paced adventure from one of the most exciting new talents in fantasy.

Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, and between them they've got quite a reputation. They were once know for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. The only problem is, ever since they were thrown out of the Duelist's Guild
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Orbit (first published November 3rd 2015)
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Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I really enjoyed this second book in the Duellists series.

The world building is excellent and very vividly portrayed just like in the first. I really am a sucker for anything set in a medieval type setting though.

The characterization is better in this one i think as well. The main characters, Kacha and Vocho seem to work a bit better and don't seem as one dimensional. I also liked Cospels role but Dom was the star for me. We got a real insight into his history and motivations. The world's
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, magic, assassins

Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

So Legends and Liars pretty much picked up after the ending of Swords and Scoundrels. I had felt rather ambivalent about Swords and Scoundrels and I can’t say that Legends and Liars really changed my mind. The characterization continuing to feel a bit weak and there was an over abundance of play-by-play description of all the fighting, which is never going to be my thing.

In Swords and Scoundrels, Kacha and Vocho fled the city of Reyes and into enemy
Janet Martin
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 3+
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
Alright, so this was a solid follow-up to the first in the series. I decided to start this review with the my most bland observation because...(view spoiler)

Although it wasn't as profound, the character development continued throughout this book. And, as in the first book, it was believable and compelling. Like, to the extent that I am kind of jealous of the author's ability to plot out her character's emotional arcs.

But let's get to the pain here. I
Silke Tellers
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Achtung: da dieses Buch der zweite Band einer Reihe ist, gibt es ein paar kleinere Spoiler zum Inhalt des ersten Teils.

Einst waren die Geschwister Kacha und Vocho angesehene Schwertkämpfer der Gilde in Reyes. Doch nachdem Vocho eines Mordes beschuldigt wurde, wurden sie unehrenhaft entlassen. In Reyes hat der Magier Sabates versucht, die Macht zu erlangen, was die Geschwister so gerade vereiteln konnten, doch sie mussten ins Nachbarland Ikaras Hals über Kopf flüchten. Ausserdem trägt Vocho auf
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The game is a foot and it will take every skill Vocho and Kacha have to stay alive this time.

Opening Sentence: Vocho threw the dice and loudly cursed himself for a fool.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Vocho and Kacha are on the run and trying to stay ahead of their various enemies. Kacha is still reeling and thinking of Petri, and when Dom brings her a letter from him she slowly starts to piece together everything. Meanwhile, Petri is doing
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually preferred this book to the first one in the series because as the 'secrets' of the characters were revealed everything came together nicely. Was a little confused by the way that paranoia/distrust kept coming up between Kacha and Vocho -- it was logical for them to have some of those feelings but it seemed like it was due to outside influence, and never resolved (maybe in the third book?). I wondered if Vocho's tattoo or the jollop may have been causing paranoia, and that never became ...more
Ana Gutierrez
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow...just wow! So much going on in this book, so many secrets uncovered and villains getting their just desserts. This book seems to wrap everything up into a nice completed bow, with resolution for most and a bitter sweet if not happy ending for all; except for one character. One character in particular gets the raw end of the deal and the last chapter leaves you in suspense about what is come in the third and final book of this trilogy series.

Dom is still my favorite! With Vocho and Kacha
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
It was okay. Perhaps this one lost out because I was listening to it on audio book and the narrator did a majority of the voices (especially male) the same. Maybe I'll give it another go, if I can find it at the library. and see if that changes anything.
L.K. Evans
This review is for all three books in this outstanding trilogy. The boiled-down plot basically follows duelists brother and sister as they navigate political intrigue and deal with their lives that get turned upside down.

What made this series so enjoyable for me was the relationship between Kacha and Vocho, the brother and sister duelist. They have a complicated relationship, crafted by what I think of as an abusive father; mentally in Kacha’s case and physically and mentally for Vocho. Their
Tallianna Vanamee
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Die Intrigen werden nicht weniger

Die Geschwister Vocho und Kacha galten als die besten Schwertkämpfer von Reyes – bis die Gilde der Duellanten sie hinauswarf, weil sie einen Mann töteten, den sie eigentlich beschützen sollten. Seitdem reißen ihre Probleme nicht ab, und es hat den Anschein, als hätte sich die ganze Welt gegen sie verschworen. Insbesondere der Magier Sabates, dessen Pläne sie vereitelt haben, trachtet ihnen mit allen Mitteln nach dem Leben. Und es ist mehr als ungewiss, ob die
Plots and Points
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now that's what I call a follow-up! Coming off the back of reading Swords and Scoundrels the world of the Duelists Trilogy is expanded and developed in a seriously satisfying way.

The thing I'm loving about this series so far is the pacing. This is a trilogy that was clearly intended as a trilogy from the off. The first book is a perfect first act and coming into book two I was so invested in all of the characters and their motivations and plots that I was just lead on willingly through an
Ian Mathers
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, rt
At first I'd have said this is roughly where I'd thought this series was going; a lot of the pieces and plots established in the first volume begin paying off, with predictably dire effects (well, how dire is predictable, not necessarily what exactly happens as a result), but as things continue to pick up more and more steam, by about the halfway point I started thinking "wait, is this one going to chew through the stuff I thought would take the rest of the trilogy to deal with?" And then it ...more
Vinay Badri
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well well well that went well and escalated fast. The betrayals and double-crosses keep on coming fast as our lead brother-sister pair realize that the whole world is against him and there is no safe haven. Allies who may or may not be allies, enemies who definitely are enemies and magicians who most definitely consider the pair as pawns.

This is a fun banter filled book albeit far more serious. Kacha gets to be far more serious and responsible while Vocho struggles to maintain his delusions of
Meran Rhodes
Swashbuckling, treachery, love, redemption, action, magic and a few gears and cogs and you have the making of a really fun book. This series was rather interesting and I seriously enjoyed the witty banter and the unique oddity of the world Julia Knight created for the Duelists Trilogy. I found the siblings compelling as they faced many difficult situations and tasks. I didn't however like the pervasive language and for that it lost a bit of starage from me. Otherwise its a fun read.
Nicole Luiken
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Evil mages, cool world-building, complex characters and lots of sword-fighting. Vocho and Kass, brother and sister, duellists return in book two. This time around we get to see some of Ikaras, the enemy city. Whereas Reyes is a city of giant clockwork, Ikaras has strange half-understood solar-collecting glass roofs.
The Book Adventures
Nice flashes of humour in Legends and Liars but there was way too much detailed sword fighting for this reader.

Full review at The Book Adventures.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like the acting on the audiobook at the start but it grew on me. The action helped keep my attention. Lots of twists and turns, which I enjoyed. I have mixed feelings about how well the overt deception in the book worked as a storytelling device.
L.E. Doggett
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well done: characters are all kept as they should be, action scenes are good, plot twists, good use of emotions, descriptions are well done.

Still not my favorite but I would recommend it. But remember it's the second of a trilogy.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, to-review
4.5 -- another great installment in this fantasy series. Full of backstabbing and subterfuge, poisoning and double crossing. Bloody good fun. High quality audiobook too!
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